from The Open University
Alternatively you can skip the navigation by pressing 'Enter'.
The Bottom Line: Autumn 2015: Crisis at VW: A Bottom Line SpecialSaturday, 10th October 2015 17:30 - BBC Radio 4In this special episode of The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and his guests discuss the emissions scandal at Volkswagen. Read more: The Bottom Line: Autumn 2015: Crisis at VW: A Bottom Line Special
Don't Panic - How to End Poverty in 15 Years: More about the programmeSunday, 11th October 2015 18:00 - BBC Two
The Search For Life: The Drake Equation: One-offSunday, 11th October 2015 19:00 - BBC Four
The Great British Year: SpringMonday, 12th October 2015 21:00 - BBC Four
The Bottom Line: Autumn 2015: Crisis at VW: A Bottom Line SpecialAvailable for over a yearIn this special episode of The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and his guests discuss the emissions scandal at Volkswagen. Read more: The Bottom Line: Autumn 2015: Crisis at VW: A Bottom Line Special
The Search For Life: The Drake EquationDallas Campbell explores the equation which attempts to calculate the number of planets... Read more: The Search For Life: The Drake Equation
OpenLearn Live: 9th October 2015Completing our tour of Rutland, the plight of ex-MPs, creating characters, poetry & Nobel... Read more: OpenLearn Live: 9th October 2015
Start writing fiction: characters and storiesThis free course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central... Try: Start writing fiction: characters and stories now
Succeed with maths – Part 1If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this short 8-week course is for... Try: Succeed with maths – Part 1 now
Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction
This unit examines the philosophical questions surrounding the mind. You will examine...
This unit examines the philosophical questions surrounding the mind. You will examine how beliefs have changed over the centuries and be able to contrast the views of Descartes with more modern ideas.
By the end of this unit you should:
- be able to discuss basic philosophical questions concerning the mind;
- have enhanced your ability to understand problems concerning the mind and mental phenomena and to discuss them in a philosophical way.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 The quick and the dead – the minded and the non-minded
- 2 Kinds of minds
- 3 Varieties of mental phenomena
- 4 The attitudinal and the experiential
- 5 Dispositions versus occurrences
- 6 The relations among mental phenomena
- 7 Summary
- Further reading
Study this free course
Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn and track your progress. Make your learning visible!
Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction
This unit introduces some philosophical questions concerning the nature of the mind and mental phenomena, such as thoughts, perceptions and emotions. The unit considers what is involved in having a mind, whether there are different kinds of minds, and whether there is some characteristic that is shared by all mental phenomena.
This free course is an adapted extract from the Open University course AA308 Thought and experience: themes in the philosophy of mind, which is no longer taught by the University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Philosophy courses or view the range of currently available OU Philosophy courses.
Copyright & revisions
Originally published: Thursday, 23rd June 2011
Last updated on: Friday, 11th May 2012
- Creative-Commons: The Open University is proud to release this free course under a Creative Commons licence. However, any third-party materials featured within it are used with permission and are not ours to give away. These materials are not subject to the Creative Commons licence. See terms and conditions. Full details can be found in the Acknowledgements section.
- This site has Copy Reuse Tracking enabled - see our FAQs for more information.
If you enjoyed this, why not follow a feed to find out when we have new things like it? Choose an RSS feed from the list below. (Don't know what to do with RSS feeds?)
Remember, you can also make your own, personal feed by combining tags from around OpenLearn.